Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Model B+ version of the Raspberry Pi. I thought I’d take a moment to explain the changes to users so they understand what’s new.
- These new Pis still use the same system on chip (BCM2835) and have the same amount of memory, so there’s no need to upgrade for performance improvements.
- The devices now feature four USB ports. This is potentially useful if you plug in a lot of devices
- Improved quality sound out of the analog jack
- Reduced power consumption (up to 1W), which is just under a third of the Pi’s total power consumption
- Additional GPIO pins which promises more connectivity
- micro-SD connectivity instead of a regular sized SD card.
It should be noted however that Raspbmc isn’t abandoning support for 256MB Pis (Model A or B), in the next update (which will arrive shortly), there will be some improvements to the way Gotham runs on the Pi, which is especially beneficial to the limited amount of memory on 256Mb Pis.
Raspbmc should run straight away on these new models, as changes needed to support the hardware were made well in advance.